Planning for the Sugar House Streetcar began in 2006 with the study of alternatives for transit through South Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City. The results of this first study determined that a streetcar within the existing Utah Transit Authority right of way (approximately 2230 South between the Central Pointe TRAX station and Highland Drive) would best serve the community goals of mobility and economic development. A financial feasibility study was completed in the fall of 2009, and an Environmental Assessment was conducted in 2010. The project is a high priority for South Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, and the Utah Transit Authority, which have collaborated on grant applications for federal funding. On October 20, 2010, $26 million in federal funds were awarded to the project through the Federal Department of Transportation.
Construction on the line began in April 2012, with a
planned opening to the public in December 2013.
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The project envisions a modern streetcar line that will connect a thriving regional commercial center (Sugar House Business District) to the regional TRAX light rail system. Conceptually, there will be seven stops on the two-mile route, with service
every 20 minutes. When the project opens in 2014, daily ridership is estimated to be approximately 3,000---rising to over 4,000 by 2030.